Turbo Tax only uses the information you put in. I've used since the first year it came out.
The "Interview" you complete asks you a series of questions. After you enter your W-2 income, there are several additional steps, each one asking for a different type of 1099 income. (1099-INT, 1099-MISC, 1099-G, etc.). You must have skipped over yours by clicking "NO" at the bottom of the screen. You need to stop at the "Any Business Income Or Expenses" for which you recieved a 1099-MISC" and complete that screen.
You need to go back to the software, and up at the top, click on "federal taxes" and then on the "Income" link and go through your income again. If you enter the amount in the correct screen, it will automatically pull up the Schedule C for you to complete and ask you a series of questions to help you complete Schedule C correctly.
I don't know what the FREEDOM edition is, unless it is the free edition on the web site. I would caution you that the free edition is fine for people who have nothing but a W-2 form or two and a simple tax situation, or for people who already KNOW what forms and schedules they need to complete.
The reason it doesn't allow you to just enter an amount as "other income" is that the person who paid you is supposed to report your other income on a form 1099. If they didn't report it to you, they didin't report it to the IRS either!
People often report cash gifts, Payouts from life insurance, etc. (which are not taxable) on that line in error and it increases the amount of taxes they end up paying. So that's why Turbo Tax doesn't allow you to just put a number there.
[That could have been a change from last year].